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A selection from the amazing finalists of the Smithsonian.com’s 12th annual photo contest.

This pulse-pounding picture of cheetah cubs hunting a fawn in Tanzania that has you rooting for the cats one moment and the fawn the next:

This pulse-pounding picture of cheetah cubs hunting a fawn in Tanzania that has you rooting for the cats one moment and the fawn the next:

Eng Siong Yeo / Via smithsonianmag.com

This awe-inspiring photograph of the Manhattan Bridge in fog that finds tranquility in the city that never sleeps:

This awe-inspiring photograph of the Manhattan Bridge in fog that finds tranquility in the city that never sleeps:

Az Jackson / Via smithsonianmag.com

This astonishing shot of a snake swallowing a frog in the rain in Costa Rica that displays beauty can even be found in death:

This astonishing shot of a snake swallowing a frog in the rain in Costa Rica that displays beauty can even be found in death:

Nicolas Reusens / Via smithsonianmag.com

This bright, cheery shot of Palouse, Washington that proves you don’t always need a rain jacket in the Pacific Northwest:

This bright, cheery shot of Palouse, Washington that proves you don't always need a rain jacket in the Pacific Northwest:

Ernest Wright / Via smithsonianmag.com

This truly insane shot capturing a wave breaking off the coast of Sydney, Australia that makes you feel smaller than you ever have:

This truly insane shot capturing a wave breaking off the coast of Sydney, Australia that makes you feel smaller than you ever have:

Ray Collins / Via smithsonianmag.com

This astounding shot of the Ba Na Cable Car emerging from the fog in Vietnam displaying how the interaction of mankind and Mother Earth can be astonishing:

This astounding shot of the Ba Na Cable Car emerging from the fog in Vietnam displaying how the interaction of mankind and Mother Earth can be astonishing:

Trang Nguyen / Via smithsonianmag.com

This black and white shot that conveys the solitude of the White House:

This black and white shot that conveys the solitude of the White House:

Olivier Douliery / Abaca/Tribune News Service / Via smithsonianmag.com

This impressive photo that captures the intense geography of the National Library of China in Beijing:

This impressive photo that captures the intense geography of the National Library of China in Beijing:

Yilang Peng / Via smithsonianmag.com

This powerful shot of a young Mursi tribe member holding an AK-47 in Ethiopia:

This powerful shot of a young Mursi tribe member holding an AK-47 in Ethiopia:

Jorge Fernandez Garces / Via smithsonianmag.com

This eerie shot of mobula rays swimming off the coast of Baja California, proving that nothing is the same under water:

This eerie shot of mobula rays swimming off the coast of Baja California, proving that nothing is the same under water:

Michel Labrecque / Via smithsonianmag.com

This breathtaking picture of hikers behind the Hollywood Sign in California that will remind you of the power of the human eye:

This breathtaking picture of hikers behind the Hollywood Sign in California that will remind you of the power of the human eye:

Az Jackson / Via smithsonianmag.com

This tranquil shot of a man canoeing on a lake in Minnesota, which will make you want to be alone this very instant:

This tranquil shot of a man canoeing on a lake in Minnesota, which will make you want to be alone this very instant:

Dawn M. Lapointe / Via smithsonianmag.com

This vivid picture of two Vietnamese women sewing a fishing net, conveying the amazing things people can do with their hands:

This vivid picture of two Vietnamese women sewing a fishing net, conveying the amazing things people can do with their hands:

Pham Ty / Via smithsonianmag.com

This eye-catching photograph of a female golden silk orb-weaver on her web in Hong Kong that proves the stuff of nightmares also can be striking in their beauty:

This eye-catching photograph of a female golden silk orb-weaver on her web in Hong Kong that proves the stuff of nightmares also can be striking in their beauty:

Ramesh Chandar / Via smithsonianmag.com

And finally, this spectacular shot of the Titcomb Basin in Wyoming that will make you want to quit your job to go hiking RIGHT NOW:

And finally, this spectacular shot of the Titcomb Basin in Wyoming that will make you want to quit your job to go hiking RIGHT NOW:

Nico Debarmore / Via smithsonianmag.com

Be sure to check out the Smithsonian Magazine’s site where you can view all 60 finalists and vote for the Reader’s Choice winner!

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